2019 Fall Funded Proposals
Twelve proposals representing eight colleges and institutes were selected for funding through the Fall 2019 Office of Research and Economic Development's (ORED) RISE Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university. In this competition, ORED awarded a total of $133,309 in funding, with total campus investments in research totaling $296,086, when including the matching funds. Recipients were selected from a competitive field of submissions requesting a total of $236,309. Individual awards ranged from $3,709 to $24,995.
Robert Caisley, Chair of Theatre Arts, Professor of Theatre, Head of Dramatic Writing, CLASS. Light Board for Hartung Theatre. A new lighting board will be purchased to continue the tradition of making thought-provoking theatre for the campus and the greater Palouse.
Teresa Cohn, Research Assistant Professor, CNR. Taylor Wilderness Research Station Battery Replacement Project. Funding will be used to replace aging energy infrastructure at the U of I Taylor Wilderness Research Station.
Karla Eitel, Associate Research Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Director of Education, McCall Outdoor Science School, CNR. Building STEM Identity Through the use of Science Tools. Funds will be used to purchase new LabQuest devices and sensors that will allow MOSS K12 participants to conduct research that relates to McCall Field Campus faculty research.
Lee Ostrom, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering; Director of Academic Programs, Idaho Falls Center, COE. Portable XFR for use in Supporting Material Research. Funds will be used to purchase an Olympus handheld X-ray fluorescence VMR analytical tool, which is used to rapidly provide elemental analysis on a wide range of inorganic and some organic materials.
Benjamin Oswald, Director of Computational Resources Core, IBEST. Modernization of High Performance Research Computation Infrastructure. Funds will be used to replace older servers, resulting in increased researcher productivity.
Paul Rowley, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, COS. Renovation of a Research Laboratory for the Development of Therapeutics against Human Pathogens. Funds will be used to repair laboratory space to achieve biosafety level 2 status required for the PI’s research.
Jeff Seegmiller, Professor, Director of WWAMI Medical Education Program, WWAMI. Collaborative Healthcare Education and Research Using Patient Simulation. Funding will enable the creation of a collaborative training and research simulation center in the WWAMI Medical Education Building, which will support U of I interdisciplinary research efforts.
Sanaz Shafian, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil and Water Systems, CALS. ASD FieldSpec® 4 Hi-Res: High-Resolution Spectroradiometer. The ASD spectroradiometer will enhance the efficiency of several research programs across CALS. More specifically, ASD will help breeders, agronomists, and entomologists to find the best varieties, best water/nutrient practices, and distinguish pest/disease symptoms.
John Shovic, Research Faculty, COE. U of I Catfish Autonomous Submarine Inertial Navigation Experimental Equipment. Funds will be used to upgrade sensors used during underwater research.
Vanessa Sielert, Director; Professor of Music; Education Advisor, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, CLASS. Clarinet Augmentation. Purchases will be made to augment the university’s clarinet offerings to enhance students’ experiences in ensembles.
Brian Small, Professor of Fish Physiology, Director of the Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, ARI. Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station (HFCES) Infrastructure Support. The HFCES laboratory will undergo necessary repairs to continue to support its research mission.
Steffen Werner, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Communication Studies, CLASS. VR System to Investigate Spatialized Auditory Interfaces for Blind Users. The requested Virtual Reality system is an alternative to graphical menu options or similar displays presenting information to blind users.